With iOS 11 Apple released the "Files" app as the official file manager. However saving files locally on your device somehow is not possible - using some cloud service is your only option.
Local Storage attempts to fix this. After installation it provides a non-syncing storage space for files of any kind in "Files".
You can now also transfer files and folders via iTunes "File Sharing". Local Storage shows up here as an option to save into as well.
Local Storage provides some general infos and several beautiful visualisations for the files you saved into it.
Another useful thing that is included is a share extension to extract compressed archives: zip, tar and 7zip files.
Finally Local Storage comes with an action extension that allows you to hash any file, video or image using the CRC32, MD2, MD4, MD5, SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512 algorithms.
Local Storage is not a file manager - and doesn't want to be one. Apple's "Files" app is a very capable and stable solution for copying/moving/renaming/etc.
Local Storage is Open Source, developed publicly at https://github.com/geberl/swift-localstorage
What features are you missing from "Files"? Tweet @eberl_se or email email@example.com and I'll look into what else I can add to this app.
It you like Local Storage, please tweet about it or review it on the App Store.
- Introduced an invisible placeholder file, so that Local Storage always shows up in the Files app
- Some UI fixes (scrolling lists in landscape) courtesy of Femi Lamptey
- Updated libraries for (un)zipping und displaying the type chart and treemap
- Support for HEIF/HEIC image files
- Converted from Swift 4.1 to Swift 4.2 (and Xcode 9.x to Xcode 10.0)
If you enjoy the app, please rate it. Or post about it on social. Spread the word.
Until next time,
Ratings and Reviews
Works Exactly As It Should
This app works exactly the way you’d expect it to. It utilizes the framework that Apple has provided to let third parties create local storage locations for their respective apps. Typically this is used for specific applications like creative and business apps(Procreate, Textastic, iWorks apps etc), but this developer has cleverly created a generic local storage app who’s sole purpose is to provide a logical folder location on device that is accessible through the native iOS Files app. Previously you’d have to create a storage folder in an app that didn’t necessarily make sense to store all types of files. Eg, It was kind of illogical to store video files in the Procreate folder in the “On My [Device]” location of the native Files app. Now I have a logical local file storage location that is incorporated directly into the native Files app. Nice work. Excellent, simple to use app. Five stars!
Thank you for this great app!
I love this app and will definitely leave a tip. I have a question and I know this isn’t the best place to ask but unless I find another way:
Can you have a “Local Storage” Location in the files app? Or is it just under its own folder in the “On My iPhone”? You also might want to highlight that on your website and in the App Store because it took me a while (the last 3 days to realize it’s a folder and not a Location. Just letting you know.
5 stars and a great idea turned great app!
I’ve been looking for something like this for so long. I even sold my iPad Pro because of difficulties with local storage. And I love that the folder is right in the ‘On my iPhone’ section rather than in the app. Thank you so much!!! I hope this app is around for years to come!!
Is there anywhere I can leave a tip??
Developer Response ,
Thanks, I’m happy this app helps you. There is a “tip jar” in the settings screen if you’re feeling generous :)
- Guenther Eberl
- 11.6 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Günther Eberl Software-Entwicklung
- In-App Purchases
- Tip Small $0.99
- Tip Medium $3.99
- Tip Big $13.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.